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What is the best way to strengthen my back?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Strong ab's helps: Strong abdominal muscles assist the back in lifting things and in holding steady the top half of the body. The spine endures much stress if it alone has to keep the middle of one's body in position. Strong abdominal muscles act as a flexible, but stiff-when-needed, muscular cylinder that holds one's organs inwards, and firmly connects the bottom of the rib cage to the top of the pelvic/hip bones.
Dr. Carl Spivak
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 28 years experience
Core strengthening: There are many isometric exercises that are done in yoga and pilates that strengthen core muscles like plank.

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What is the best way to watch television for my back?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
See below: Sitting for prolonged periods of time can be harmful to your back especially without proper lumbar support. If you are going to watch tv greater than 30 min. Be sure to get up and walk around. Also if sitting in a chair or recliner, make sure that you have adequate lumbar support.

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